Dr. Brian Paulson


Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences


Dr. Paulson was born and raised in the upper Midwest. He came to PennWest California in 1989. His areas of expertise are physiological ecology, herpetology, and human anatomy and physiology.


  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Herpetology
  • Contemporary Issues in Biology

Selected Research

  • Ecology of threatened and endangered reptile and amphibian species
  • Temperature tolerance and regulation
  • Herpetological surveys of local national park units
  • Salamander populations in acidified streams
  • Hellbender (salamander) status in southwestern Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • Kowalski, Matthew J., Brian K. Paulson, and Melinda J. Ross. December 2005. Inventory of Amphibian and Reptile Species at Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historic Site. Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2005/031. National Park Service. Philadelphia, Pa.

Community Projects

  • Herpetological presentations to elementary, middle and high school students
  • B.A.: Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • M.S.: Biology, Michigan Technological University
  • Ph.D.: University of Oklahoma
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Purdue University Biochemistry Department

Email: paulson@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-5978

Office: Frich Hall Room 418